Former Gov. Sonny Perdue is president-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of agriculture.
Former Gov. Sonny Perdue is President Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of agriculture.

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is likely less than a week away from being confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the nation’s 31st Secretary of Agriculture. His confirmation could come as early as April 24.

One thing for certain is that as soon as he does take the oath of his office, Perdue is going to have precious little me-time. There’s already a long line out the door, waiting for the new Secretary of Agriculture to be open for business.

Several issues are
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sonnyperdue2_406x250The Senate agriculture committee approved former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as the 31st secretary of agriculture Thursday, sending President Trump’s nominee to the Senate floor for confirmation.

Perdue cleared the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry on a voice vote with only Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, voicing opposition to the former governor’s appointment to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As rational for her opposition vote, she said Perdue once supported work requirements for some food stamp recipients.

The nearly unanimous committee vote sets Perdue for his final confirmation vote by the full Senate, which will
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The pairing of Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue with Michael Doyle as USDA’s undersecretary for food safety might seem like a natural.

Perdue is a former Georgia governor and Doyle is the University of Georgia’s Regents Professor of Food Microbiology. Doyle recently stepped down as the head of UGA’s Center for Food Safety, which he founded and led for 25 years.

Michael Doyle
Michael Doyle

The food safety undersecretary job is one of a half dozens positions at USDA requiring presidential appointment and Senate confirmation. The position was created 24 years ago during the most recent major USDA
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Former Gov. Sonny Purdue is president-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of agriculture.
Former Gov. Sonny Purdue is president-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of agriculture.

This century’s most deadly outbreak of foodborne illness came out of the state of Georgia while secretary of agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue was governor, and there was not much he could do about it.

After King Nut peanut butter made by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) was implicated in the deadly nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium, investigators from both the Food and Drug Administration and the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) descended on Blakely, GA.

The “Peanut Proud” town of less than 5,000
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